The Salem-Keizer School District plans to stop offering Tampico Citrus Punch in cafeterias after a child-advocacy group complained the drink contains too much sugar and lacks nutritional...

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SALEM, Ore. — The Salem-Keizer School District plans to stop offering Tampico Citrus Punch in cafeterias after a child-advocacy group complained the drink contains too much sugar and lacks nutritional value.

“In meeting with different parents and groups, we decided it would be a good decision,” said Dave Harvey, director of food and nutrition services for the district. “It’s a nutrition decision.”

Sodexho School Services, which provides lunches for the school district, had been offering a box of Tampico as one of the drink choices for children who buy lunches at elementary schools and some secondary schools. The other options are milk and chocolate milk.

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A Bush Elementary School team representing the advocacy group Stand for Children met with the district several times during the past year to discuss school lunches.

Christine Ertl, chairwoman of the group’s Salem-Keizer chapter, described Tampico as an “artificially flavored orange sugar drink,” adding: “It’s just disgusting.”

Each 8-ounce box of Tampico contains 25 grams, nearly an ounce, of sugar.

Gaelen McAllister, chairwoman of the team at Bush, said their work was part of a national trend of trying to offer more nutritious options in school lunches.

McAllister and Ertl said they were impressed with Sodexho’s response to their concerns.